At a recent photography event held in Orlando, Florida photographers and members of the press came from all around the world, virtually all bringing a camera with them. Over two days you found yourself mingling with over 200 people and you got to see their cameras. There were plenty of Canon and Nikon DSLRs and even a Pentax K-7 or two. But, other cameras stood out. What stood out were the numbers of Panasonic Lx3 and Leica D-Lux 4 cameras along with the Olympus E-P1. The photographers who carried them were serious shooters. All observed that they preferred good image quality but were enjoying cameras with smaller and lighter footprints. Yes, even one photographer from Japan has a Panasonic GF1 Micro Four Thirds He has gotten a Voigtlander adapter and was using a Leica Leicina cinema manual focus lens to get a wonderful pinhole image effect.
As far as our DLux-4, well, we had modified the lens cap. The tethered removable snap-on Leica cap had been replaced with a Ricoh CX-1 modification. The Ricoh cap is a hinged 3-part lens cap that opens and closes automatically to let the lens peer through when the camera is powered on or off. You don’t have to pop the cap on or off any longer. Everyone that saw it drooled over it because they seemed to dislike the standard cap. A tethered lens cap just didn’t fit into our style of shooting. All of them said they were going to do this modification, too. Once you’ve made the change you simply can’t go back.